“For today: Slow down and breathe. Feel your heart beating. Make it simpler. Even simpler than that. Inhabit the space you are in. If it feels too constrictive let go of things. Clear it out. Give away and offer up the things that clutter your space. You are too precious and life is too short. “ -Christy Naida Linson
Tis the season for all things hurried, fast-paced, stressful, noisy, crowded and short-tempered. All we need to do is to look, sense, feel and hear it all around us. It’s like this “thing” closing in on us that oftentimes makes us jittery, anxious, unable to catch our breath, scattered and in need of “grounding.”
If you missed my last blog, Secrets of Inner Peace, you may want to check it out. There are 31 thoughts/affirmations/ actions that, with time and practice, will become your modus operandi. Before you know it, you WILL feel grounded, able to breathe, feel your heart beating and be present wherever you are. You will find yourself getting out of your own way, letting go of the things that clutter your space and do not serve you and finally find yourself living YOUR precious life on YOUR terms.
Back in 2007, I received a lovely holiday card from a family I hold near and dear to my heart-The Belfattos. Deb Belfatto fought hard and was able to fulfill a dream and a promise to start the Susan G. Komen Northern Affiliate here in NJ. I love incorporating that card each year when I decorate. I’ve always held on to it because of the powerful, practical and inspiring messages it contains. They too are thoughts/affirmations/actions we can all take to be more conscious, live more peacefully and appreciate our shared humanity. And since I cherish all things that inspire, love, serve, I will share with you these A-Z Good Living practices for doing so:
- Accept Differences
- Be kind
- Count your blessings
- Express thanks
- Give freely
- Harm no one
- Imagine more
- Jettison anger
- Keep confidences
- Love truly
- Master something
- Nurture hope
- Open your mind
- Pack lightly
- Quell rumors
- Seek wisdom
- Touch hearts
- Value truth
- Win graciously
- Xemplify kindness
- Yearn for peace
- Zealously support a worthy cause
There you have it, darlings. Short and sweet. So, when we’re out and about this holiday season and our patience is being tried… we can, as the lovely Christy Naida says, slow down our breathing and feel our heart beat. We can consciously choose to tap into one of these practices, contemplate them, and put them into action. Trust me, you will feel the stress just melt off your shoulders, your shallow breathing will become deeper, your scowl will turn into a smile, your constricted heart will open and you will consciously choose to inhabit the space you are in. This is how we take our yoga practice off the mat and into the world. We can all mindfully allow ourselves (and those around us) to truly see, feel and hear each other and appreciate the magic that is all around us… with reverence and gratitude for the precious life we have been given.
Carry on darlings…lead from the heart…right from the start, and make this day, and every day, a good one!
Inhale Love & Light…Exhale Grace & Gratitude, JTC
3 Replies to “A-Z Good Living”
Thank you for the comforting words in this beautiful blog . Thank you for your support these last 6 six difficult months in my life . I look forward to reading your blog , getting your pep talks and your sprinkle of magic .
I am so lucky to have you in my life . May God bless you and continue giving you the strength to open our eyes to all the beautiful possibilities. Thank you for touching so many peoples lives and make their days a brighter place .
Thank YOU my beautiful friend for your kindest of words. My heart overflows with gratitude for how magical this universe is and how it’s ever-organizing and brings us the people we need in our lives at the perfect time. I am thankful for our bond and the joy that fills my heart whenever we connect 💗🙏 Much love and bountiful blessings always😇
The perfect advice. Short. Sweet. And simple. IF we choose to practice. It must be a conscious choice every day. Every hour. Every minute. Thank you Mama Yaya! 🙏❤️🥰